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Monday, January 7, 2019

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Rosh Chodesh Shevat
Jewish History

On the first of Shevat in the year 2488 from creation, Moses convened the Jewish people and began the 37-day "review of the Torah" contained in the Book of Deuteronomy, which he concluded on the day of his passing on Adar 7 of that year.

Links:
Overview of Deuteronomy
Moses: The Man of G-d

Laws and Customs

Today is Rosh Chodesh (“Head of the Month”) for the month of Shevat.

Special portions are added to the daily prayers: Hallel (Psalms 113-118) is recited -- in its "partial" form -- following the Shacharit morning prayer, and the Yaaleh V'yavo prayer is added to the Amidah and to Grace After Meals; the additional Musaf prayer is said (when Rosh Chodesh is Shabbat, special additions are made to the Shabbat Musaf). Tachnun (confession of sins) and similar prayers are omitted.

Many have the custom to mark Rosh Chodesh with a festive meal and reduced work activity. The latter custom is prevalent amongst women, who have a special affinity with Rosh Chodesh -- the month being the feminine aspect of the Jewish Calendar.

Links:
The Jewish Month of Shevat
The Laws of Rosh Chodesh
How Does a Jewish Woman Celebrate Rosh Chodesh?

Daily Thought

Torah has no concept of prison as a punishment. Why?

Because prison is a futile place.

A place where you are told, “You must be here, but you must not change what this place is.”

“You will grow older, but you must not take charge of your life.”

“You will live, but you must not give life."

But a living human being must make change in his world,
must take charge of his life,
must give life to others.

18 Elul 5710:3; Purim 5736:4; Tzav 5736: 2.